Developers: discover Jetpack’s little secrets
During our last meetup, I talked about some of Jetpack’s hidden features. You can use them to save some time when building new sites for your clients.
You can read more about it here.
As always, the new release includes tons of bug fixes and new features. Here is a quick preview of some of the new features:
A few other Feature Plugins might still make it to 4.5, and are listed here.
Make sure to check the list, you might be interested in some features, like 2 Factor Authentication or the Fields API; you can test them by installing the plugins right from your dashboard.
There was a lot of discussion about this in the past few weeks. The WP REST API just hit version 2.0, and while it’s still very much a work in progress, the team would like to merge the 4 first endpoints in WordPress 4.5:
These endpoints are mostly ready, short of a few things to iron out, like password-protected posts, or sticky posts.
WordPress’ project lead, Matt Mullenweg, would rather wait until more endpoints are created, until the API supports everything you can do in wp-admin, and only then merge the endpoints into WordPress. While full parity isn’t necessarily his end goal, what he seems to be most interested in is releasing a product that is as much a “minimum viable product” as it is a “minimum lovable product”.
This has created some controversy, and it’s still not clear what will happen with the WP REST API in the next few weeks. The community seems divided between 3 different options:
You can read more about this here:
You probably know how hard it can be to maintain good performance and a good Search feature on large Woocommerce sites. Lucky for us, 10up just released ElasticPress WooCommerce, a free plugin in the W.org plugin repository allowing you to run Woocommerce queries through Elasticsearch instead of your local database. All you need is a server running Elasticsearch, and the ElasticPress plugin (also free).
If you use an Elegant Themes product, be it a theme or a plugin, go update now!
An information disclosure vulnerability was found in the Divi Builder (included in our Divi and Extra themes, as well as our Divi Builder plugin) which resulted in the potential for user privilege escalation. If properly exploited, it could allow registered users, regardless of role, on your WordPress installation to perform a subset of actions within the Divi Builder, including the ability to manipulate posts.
Discover the new WordPress REST API, and Jetpack’s secrets
Join us for our next meetup, next week:
This month, we’ll cover 2 interesting topics for WordPress developers! We’ll first talk about the WordPress REST API and what it means for the future of WordPress. We’ll then talk about the Jetpack plugin and some its little secrets, that can help you when developing sites for yourself or clients.
Find out more below.
1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 40., Budapest
A quiet place for presentations, and drinks for those who want some!
You probably already know the Jetpack plugin. But did you know it included developer features you can use when building sites for your clients?
We’ll discover some of Jetpack’s little secrets, and learn how to use them in our projects.
Did you RSVP already? Great!
Did you know you can also follow #WPBudapest on WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook?
We learnt a lot about Divi and Dynamik Website Builder last night, thanks to Quentin Delsante and @henscu. And both Elegant Themes (makers of Divi) and Cobalt Apps (makers of Dynamik) were generous and offered some prizes!
Here are the winners!
Congrats! I’ll be emailing you all with more details later today!
Matt talked about it on his blog: WordPress now powers 25% of the web. It’s an important milestone. Let’s see what we can do to get to 100%! 😊
Do you use WP-CLI? Daniel Bachhuber will work on making it fully compatible with the upcoming Core REST API. His Kickstarter campaign was a huge success and helped him get the funds he needed to concentrate on that project in the months to come.
Envato is one of the biggest businesses related to WordPress (they’re the company behind ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, and others). They announced that they’re working on a brand new site builder, named Envato Sites.
While they’ll continue to release tons of WordPress themes and plugins on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon, that’s definitely something to keep in mind. I can imagine that ThemeForest authors will start spending some time developing themes for that new CMS. If you work with Envato prodcuts, keep an eye on that.
WordCamp US starts on Friday. Even if you don’t travel there, you can purchase a Live Stream ticket if you’re interested in some of the talks. Matt’s State of the Word is always interesting, for example.
WordCamp EU will be in Vienna this year. It’s only a few hours by train or car, so definitely worth the trip. You can already book your tickets here.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack, open sourced the code they use to run the new amdin interface on WordPress.com.
While this is limited to WordPress.com site owners and Jetpack users for now, it’s a good example of what can be done when building a client on top of WordPress, using a REST API.
Give the app a try, it’s a refreshing experience. It’s still limited in some cases, like when you’ve built things inside wp-admin using custom fields (not supported yet or custom post types (not supported yet).
Want to read more about it?
Want to know more about theme builders? You should come to our next meetup, on December 2nd!
This time, our topic will be theme builders. We’ll cover 2 popular theme builders, Divi and Dynamik Website Builder. We’ll discover how they work, their advantages, and we can then discuss about other options you can use to build the perfect theme for your site!